Marsha A. Mockabee was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland on February 9, 2011. She is the first female to hold this position at the Cleveland affiliate. In this role, Mockabee leads an agenda empowering African-Americans to develop and exercise their potential on par with all other Americans through education, research, advocacy and provision of services. In July of 2011, she was recognized at the National Urban League Conference as an Outstanding Newcomer CEO.
Mockabee served the League in an interim leadership capacity from August, 2009 until her permanent appointment in 2011. In her current role as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mockabee leads the development of an agenda to empower African-Americans to develop and exercise their potential on par with all other Americans through education, research, advocacy and provision of services.
Since 2009, Mockabee has channeled her energy and passion to the rebuilding of the 95 year old organization. Administering with a glass half-full approach, she sees possibilities and opportunities before failures. She works to build unusual and win-win collaborations and works closely with faith-based and community stakeholders.
Mockabee is a knowledgeable, energetic and resourceful professional with a strong track record in program and partnership development where her proven leadership in Youth Development/Youth Advocacy/Education Reform was utilized to produce outstanding results as Director of Education and Youth Development of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. In September 2007, Mockabee was appointed interim Director of Programs. In this role, Mockabee led community outreach, partnership development efforts, program support functions, and inter-organizational collaborations, while continuing her leadership and development of the Education and Youth Development Department.
Mockabee serves on many committees and community efforts: 2011 Honorary Chair - Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest; Planning Committee Member PraiseFest 5; Member - MLK Jr. Community Service Award Selection Committee; NUL Education Task Force member; VP of Ohio Council of Urban Leagues; member of the Workforce Investment Board for City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County; and Co-Chair of Strategy Committee for Invest in Children. She was recently featured as a Woman of Excellence in the 7th Edition of Who’s Who In Black Cleveland. In February 2012, Mockabee completed an African-American Leadership mission to Beijing, China.
A native Clevelander, Mockabee graduated from Collinwood High School. Her degrees include: BA from Concordia University (cum laude), a CNM from Case Western Reserve University, and MBM from Indiana Wesleyan. She resides in Cleveland with her husband, James. They are blessed with two daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandchildren, and the latest addition to the Mockabee home, My-K-La. Her life is balanced and blessed at the Cleveland Church of Christ, Citadel of Hope, where she serves as usher, assistant Sunday School teacher, and Lay Ministry Leader.